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Jack Teagarden: "I never did like anything Ellington ever did. He never had a band all in tune, always had a bad tone quality and bad blend" - Metronome, April 1947.

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Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,490 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 908 of them this year alone and, so far, 72 this month (July 23).

From This Moment On

Fri 23: Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord @ Gala Theatre & Cinema, Durham. 1:00pm. Tickets: £6.00. + £2.00. bf. Tel: 03000 266 600.

Fri 23: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Middlesbrough Town Hall. 7:30pm.

Fri 23: Helen Anahita Wilson & Shahbaz Hussain @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. SOLD OUT!

Fri 23 - Sun 25: The Globe Summer Festival @ The Globe, Newcastle. Multi-genre bill (jazz inc. Tenement Jazz Band, Nishla Smith). Various ticket options (live stream option available) see: www.jazz.coop.

Sat 24: Youth Ensembles present St Cuthbert Suite @ Sage Gateshead. 7:30pm. Composer Paul Edis conducts Folkestra, Jambone, Quay Voices & Young Sinfonia in a new arrangement of his St Cuthbert Suite. AVAILABLE ONLY AS A PRE-RECORDED STREAM ON YOUTUBE AT 7:30PM.

Sat 24: Simon O'Byrne & Paul Grainger @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 25: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 25: Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat @ Bobik's, Punch Bowl Hotel, Newcastle. 3:30pm.

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Livestream From The Globe: The Alice Grace Quartet/Quintet - August 22

Alice Grace (vocals); Mark Williams (guitar); Paul Grainger (bass); Russ Morgan (drums)

'Full of elegance, melody, and wonderful singing and playing'

This remark in the comments box sums up this performance better than any reviewer can do. 'An hour of sheer jazz delights' I could have added to the comments. The band was well on form, the consistent yet adventurous bass, the skilled guitar, the drummer as great as we've come to expect, and our singer, classy, elegant, an example for other singers to follow.

So who is the fifth member of the quintet? That is Alice's unborn son, making his presence felt by kicking. Research shows that unborn babies respond to music, so tonight we met a future jazzer! He first heard Weaver of Dreams, with gentle scat and wordless vocalisation, then a beautiful version of Skylark, and a quick camera shot of the birds on our drummer's tee shirt!

There followed seven more songs, including an original Travelling Light (exquisite solo from the guitar); a Michael Jackson number, I Can't Help It.  Close Your Eyes featured a drum introduction, a lovely 'chock chock' sound, fours between drums and voice, and an extended ending based on the lyrics 'close your eyes'

I was very interested to hear Never Let Me Go, as I'd been wanting to hear this song for years, ever since reading the acclaimed science fantasy novel of the same name by Kazuo Ishiguro. The song is featured in the novel which is a good read. I digress but thank you to Alice for that.  Secret Love featured hands on the drums, another sound I enjoy, wordplay rather than scat, and lively guitar and drum solos. The well-deserved encore was My Romance, and so the gig ended on a high.

Around 35 households were watching on YouTube, including Alice's parents, people in Wimbledon, Hexham, 5 people 'quaffing wine' in Tynemouth. The Globe is to be congratulated for very professional presentation, with introductory titles at the beginning, good camera work and sound, and welcoming remarks in the chat. I felt that they really cared that we were there, and so did the band.
Ann Alex

Weaver of Dreams; Skylark; Travelling Light; Don't Be That Way; Close Your Eyes; Never Let Me Go; I Can't Help It; Secret Love; My Romance.

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